It's flurrying on this Martin Luther King Jr Day. The kids are home, it's cold outside. It's a great day to crochet for me, sew for Chickee, and I don't know what Chief will do? Play Minecraft and TempleRun?
When I was in college, my friends, Aimee and Becky and I had a little apartment. One Martin Luther King Day we were off of school and it snowed something crazy like 22" of snow the night before. Their boyfriends came over and they were sled-riding behind the apartment building on whatever homemade sled they could find in our kitchen. I think more than one cookie sheet got mangled that day.
Well, we are all grown-up now! Aimee is an award-winning illustrator for the Cincinnati Opera. Here's her Illustration for La-Traviata
Yesterday, Our Alma Mater opened an art show with a reception for distinguished Alumni. Aimee's work was on display and I was thrilled to go give her a big hug and congratulations! I dragged Chickee along too. I made her look at all the classrooms where I took ceramics and figure drawing (I'm still terrible at drawing). She met ALL my professors! I can believe ALL of them were still there! It was so much fun. I wore a rather eye-catching wrap that is going to be in a publication in the next few months.
I'm rambling, but I'll go on.... It made me think again of the old Art vs. Craft debate. If it is yarn, is it Art or is it Craft? What about quilt-making? I've seen some one-of-a-kind quilts that are clearly ART.... but is a yarn project where the instructions are given freely so others can make the identical item (and therefor not a one-of-a-kind) ART, or does the element of instructions make it CRAFT? Does it matter? I'd like to think of myself as an artist. I'd also like to think of myself as a craftsperson. To me both and artist and a craftsperson work deliberately with effort and skill to create something that wasn't there before. Any thoughts? Is Crochet ART, CRAFT or both?